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Handicap Day für Hunde

The Verein für behinderte Hunde, a group whose mission is to promote acceptance for these very special dogs, is holding a 'Handicap Day' on Sunday 30 August, at the Trainingsplatz Rechenholz in Zürich Affoltern:

http://behinderte-hunde.ch/uploads/files/Flyer.pdf

And the Verein für behinderte Hunde website:
http://behinderte-hunde.ch




I just learned about ths Verein today from an article in the 20 Minuten discussing this event - I had no idea that there was a community of owners of handicapped dogs here in Switzerland. This is fantastic news, as anyone who has lived with and loved a 'special' dog - dogs with mobility challenges, blind, deaf, etc. - knows that support from those who share your challenges and joys is invaluable.

The Verein for behinderte Hunde was founded to offer support and information for owners of handicapped dogs, and as above, to promote acceptance in Switzerland.

Having had several handicapped dogs I know all too well the prejudice against 'less than perfect' dogs that sadly is prevalent in Switzerland.

I'm not going to link the 20 Min article, as the reader comments section sadly shows exactly the kind of prejudice the Verein is trying to overcome. But if you are interested you can easily google it.

I am so happy to see that this Verein exists, that they are working for our 'special' dogs.



ETA:

In case I hadn't made it clear, and for those who don't read German, this is an open day with a variety of activities planned. The event runs from 10:00 -18:00. All are welcome, with or without your four (or three ) legged friends. A good opportunity to learn more about this Verein, to meet other owners and learn more about living with handicapped dogs, to share information about resources available in Switzerland, and to show support for a more open-minded attitude to all creatures great and small.

Sounds like a fun and fulfilling day.

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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde, 30 Aug. Zürich Affoltern

And a good time was had by all...


I so wish that those who don't understand that a handicapped dog can indeed have an excellent quality of life had been at the open day.

We met dogs with mobility limitations, blind dogs, deaf dogs, dogs with other challenges, and dogs with no challenges at all - all enjoying themselves immensely. One dog in particular won my heart, a little 'speed racer' in his wheely cart, active and curious, always on the go. Heck, even out of his wheely cart he was faster on his two good legs than many are on four.

What really lifted my spirits was that many of the dogs at the open day were adopted post-handicap. Seeing so many people willing to open their hearts and homes to these special dogs went a long way to restoring my faith in humanity.

It was great to be able to share stories, information, discuss options, offer support. A fantastic resource indeed.


I'm very glad to have had a chance to learn more about the Verein für behinderte Hunde. An admirable group.
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde, 30 Aug. Zürich Affoltern

And the second annual 'Handicap-Day für Hunde' will be held on Sunday, 28 August, at the Traiingsplatz des SKG Zürich-Reckenholz, from 10:00-18:00:

http://www.behinderte-hunde.ch/handicap-day-2016.html

The program is here:

http://www.behinderte-hunde.ch/uploa...ap-Day2016.pdf

This is an open day, all are welcome, including of course your canine friends.

I very much admire this organization; these are good people whose mission is to help those who live with handicapped dogs, to provide information about resources available in Switzerland, to support one another, to advocate for our dogs.

You don't have to have a handicapped dog to come to the open day, heck you don't even need to have a dog. All that is needed is a place in your heart for these very special friends.
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde, 30 Aug. Zürich Affoltern

Meloncollie, Is a similar event held in the Swiss Romande region?
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde, 30 Aug. Zürich Affoltern

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Meloncollie, Is a similar event held in the Swiss Romande region?
Merrylegs, I'm afraid I don't know - I know so little of what goes on over t'other side of the Rostigraben.

A quick google (chiens handicapés, chien sourd, chien aveugle, etc.) didn't bring up any similar groups. But perhaps that is due more to my excruciatingly awful French, and worse French search skills. Perhaps someone who speaks French might try?

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FYI, there is a site based in France that offers advice, etc. to owners of handicapped dogs - largely amputees. Perhaps that might be a resource for folks looking for information en français.

http://www.lestripattes.fr


And an FYI - an English language site I found extremely helpful when Haifisch lost his leg is:

www.tripawds.org
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde, 30 Aug. Zürich Affoltern

Bringing this up again, with the 2019 open day:

Sunday 12 May, 10:00-17:00

Held this year at the Pontonier Verein, Schacheninsel, 5200 Brugg.
https://www.handicap-day.com

Looks like a really good program this year.

Directions here:
https://www.handicap-day.com/lageplan-anfahrt

Those who have loved and lived with handicapped dogs know how much support from others can mean, to the owner and most importantly to the animal's quality of life. I've been interested in this niche of 'special needs' dogs ever since my Haifisch (hippy hopping over at the rainbow bridge for several years now, where does the time go?) became a tripod. The Verein for Behinderte Hunde is a group that I admire very much.

For those interested, their website is here:
https://www.behinderte-hunde.ch
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I sincerely hope that all who participate, have a great day!!!
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde, 30 Aug. Zürich Affoltern

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Bringing this up again, with the 2019 open day:

Sunday 12 May, 10:00-17:00

Held this year at the Pontonier Verein, Schacheninsel, 5200 Brugg.
https://www.handicap-day.com

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do you know, are dogs without handicap allowed to come and visit during day or better no?
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do you know, are dogs without handicap allowed to come and visit during day or better no?
On previous open days, all dogs (and their people) were certainly welcome.

If you have questions, write to the Verein, I would guess they would be happy to give you more information.
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde

Bringing this up again, as the Verein für Behinderte Hunde will have their 2020 open day on Sunday, 13 September, from 10:00 to 17:00:

https://www.handicap-day.com/programm

The event will be held at NPC HUndesport in Zürich- Wollishofen, directions here:
https://www.handicap-day.com/lageplan-anfahrt

Looks like an interesting program, with discussions about physiotherapy, mobility assistance, and promoting emotional and mental wellbeing for the handicapped dog.


You don't have to have a handicapped dog to join in the fun, just a heart for these very special friends.


And for those who would like to learn more about this group - whose work I very much admire - the website for the Verein Behinderte Hunde can be found here:
https://www.behinderte-hunde.ch
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde

Do you think it would be helpful for someone with an elderly dog facing mobility challenges?

Thanks so much for the info.
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Do you think it would be helpful for someone with an elderly dog facing mobility challenges?

Thanks so much for the info.
I can't see why not - mobility challenges are mobility challenges. Regardless of how our pups got there, the challenges remain the same.
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Re: Handicap Day für Hunde

My dogs are woke and find your use of the word "handicapped" extremely offensive.
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My dogs are woke and find your use of the word "handicapped" extremely offensive.
Well mine and both woke and broke(n), and honestly don't mind what they are called as long as it's not 'late for dinner'.

Being serious though:

I am just happy that there is a group here in Switzerland that recognizes that these dogs can, and do, lead happy lives, and offers support to those of us who love our 'differently abled' critters.

18 years ago when Psychocollie lost the use of his back legs and I opted for wheels because he clearly was not done enjoying life, if I had a nickle for every time a judgemental passer-by told me that disabled animals have no right to live, that I should 'just put this broken dog down and get a new one' I'd be, well a whole lot of nickels wealthier.

Society's understanding of and compassion for the 'imperfect' has come a long way in that time - thanks in no small part to groups like Behinderte Hund who advocate for them. I am grateful for the work they do.

When it comes to 'wokeness' actions speak a whole lot louder than words.

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